As most of you are aware, we seem to have an issue about Jobs in our country, more specifically I should say, the lack thereof.  This has me thinking about some of the more recent topics in the news.  Namely; Green Cards and Immigration.

It seems that we are now, more than ever, interested in providing Green Cards to those that have completed their college education here in America.  The idea is that we should keep in our country, the brilliant minds that our outstanding universities and colleges are producing.  Our hope is that they will contribute to our economy and society, rather than take what they have experienced and learned here in America back to their birth homes.

The topic about immigration, most recently anyhow, is suggesting that we should not be deporting certain immigrants that have come here illegally.  Typically when we are speaking about this subject, we are speaking about illegal immigrants that are here as laborers or some type of service workers.   It is being suggested that illegal immigrants that have come here as children or those illegal immigrants that have served in our military, should not be penalized or deported.

Although I am actually somewhat of a fan of both of these concepts, I struggle with the basic idea that we need to put so much effort towards inducing these folks to stay in our country.  I am so disappointed that we are not able to produce an increasing  number of educated young citizens that are eager to contribute to the growth our country and its economy.  You have to sit back and wonder how this is even possible.  We have the best universities, colleges and trade schools in the world, yet our young people are either not going to school at all or are not finishing what schooling they have started.  We really do have to find ways to invest in our teachers, K-12 education systems and we absolutely have to find ways to get our young people excited about learning and excited about what this country has to offer them as educated members of society.

On the issue of illegal immigrants, this is a more difficult subject.  I have heard many of the arguments.  “These people are taking our jobs”.  Really?  When was the last time you saw a large group American workers lining up at a farm to apply for work in the fields or apply for work that does not have the best pay in the world?  The answer is, you most likely have not.

It is interesting; I have had opportunities to meet with some of these immigrant workers over the years.  The folks that I have met were not making high wages or lazy and only doing what is necessary to get by.  They were working long and hard, doing jobs that most of us would not even consider applying for, let alone accepting the job offered.  The interesting part to me is that they were happy to be doing the work.  They were so filled with pride in the work that they were doing.

We have a pride issue in America.  Some of us are simply not willing to do the work.  We would rather apply for some type of assistance from the government than change our lifestyle or develop the skills necessary to find work.  Even worse, when some of us actually have a job, we seem to treat it with complete contempt.

This frustrates me more than anything.  Recently I was at a coffee shop ordering a coffee and a bagel for breakfast.  The people working in this coffee shop seemed to be completely disturbed that I stopped by at all!  They barely acknowledged that I was standing in front of them offering my hard-earned money in return for their awful coffee.

This makes you wonder what we are teaching our young people about expectations.  Are we teaching them that because they are Americans, anything that they want should simply be handed over to them?  I don’t want to think that this is the case, but it sure seems that way when you watch some people working in what they might consider a sub-optimal job.

How about this for a crazy idea?  Be thankful that you have a job.  Show some pride in your work. Do your very best at whatever task is provided to you.  You would be surprised at what can happen.   Actually, there should be no surprise at all.  In America, we have example after example after example, of hard-working people who have started at the very bottom and worked their way up to great success.

Let me be clear, of course I am not speaking about every individual or any particular group of people in our great country and I certainly understand that we are going through a very difficult time here in America, but not withstanding our current economic condition, we need to remember that we live in a country with world-envious opportunities for those who are willing to put their best efforts forward.

The benefits that come from taking pride in your work, not only will have an excellent economic impact on your paycheck, by farther reaching benefits to you, your family, your community and the future of our country.

Find your Pride!